Science is supposed to be self-correcting, we’re told. But when towers of belief are built on assumptions later shown to be false, the consequences can be monumental.A Shocking DiscoveryWe echo Science Magazine‘s headline because it fits the theme that faulty assumptions can undermine years of scientific ‘fact’. In this case, shocked quartz, long considered definitive proof of an extraterrestrial impact, is proof no more (7/18/17). H. Jesse Smith says that lightning can create the same evidence.Shocked quartz—whose crystalline structure is deformed along planes inside the crystal, a result of sudden high pressure and heating—long has been considered to be an unequivocal signature of the impact of an extraterrestrial object such as a meteorite. This favorite tool of geologists searching for proof of an impact may not be so foolproof after all, though. Chen et al. simulated the pressure and temperature caused by an idealized lightning strike on rocks and found that lightning can produce the same conditions and effects caused by impact events. Therefore, the presence of shock features in quartz should not be taken as unequivocal evidence for an extraterrestrial impact.Trees Cause Global WarmingAccording to long-held climate model assumptions, trees absorb carbon dioxide, acting as “carbon sinks” for the atmosphere. Nature announced, “Tropical forests may be carbon sources, not sinks.” According to new more accurate measurements, tropical forests appear to be emitting more carbon than they absorb.Every moment, the world’s roughly 3 trillion trees either suck up carbon dioxide from the air or release it into the atmosphere. Accurately quantifying these carbon flows is a long-standing challenge that has hindered scientists’ understanding of how forests help to regulate Earth’s climate. Now, researchers have combined ground and satellite measurements to conclude that tropical forests seem to be a net source of heat-trapping carbon emissions, rather than a carbon sink….The study authors estimate that the world’s tropical forests release approximately 425 million tonnes of carbon annually, equivalent to roughly 5% of the globe’s annual fossil-fuel emissions, and about five times more than an estimate in a highly cited 2011 paper that relied on ground-based forest inventories.Climate scientists still found ways to blame humans for this, including logging and burning of forests, and the drying out of forests due to climate change. Still, a 500% mistake in a “highly cited…paper” represents a whopper of an error. Will a correction be made before governments undertake more drastic actions?Linguistic Evolution Assumption Has Been Myth-TakenPrior assumptions about language history have led to a myth, Phys.org says: “Languages do not share a single history.” According to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, “a language’s grammatical structures change more quickly over time than vocabulary, overturning a long-held assumption in the field.” This means that anthropologists, linguists and historians have been propagating a myth:The ‘myth’ of language history: languages do not share a single history but different components evolve along different trajectories and at different rates. A large-scale study of Pacific languages reveals that forces driving grammatical change are different to those driving lexical change. Grammar changes more rapidly and is especially influenced by contact with unrelated languages, while words are more resistant to change.The word “evolve” must be taken advisedly, because language is under control of the human mind, not mutation and selection. “This is a bit of an unexpected finding, since many have thought that grammar might give us deeper insight into the linguistic past than vocabulary,” says Stephen Levinson, leader of the study.Biomarker DemotedAstrobiologists have used the presence of chloromethane at a star or planet as a sure biomarker: an indicator of life. They can’t anymore. Space.com says, “No Life Needed: Organic Compound Forms at Comet and Baby Star System.” Data from the Rosetta spacecraft found traces of the molecule on Comet 67P. It has also been detected around a binary star system.Previous studies on exoplanets have considered a substance, called chloromethane, to be a biomarker molecule, which means it indicates the potential existence of life. Before now, it was known to be created by some tropical plants on Earth as well as industrial processes, where it is known as Freon-40. However, the new findings, detailed today (Oct. 2) in the journal Nature Astronomy, indicate that the chemical can also form without the help of life.The article cautions that it still could be a biomarker, but chloromethane can no longer be considered definitive for life. Like many great discoveries in science, this one was made by accident. “”I wasn’t particularly looking for it,” Edith Fayole remarked.Inflation Is Not A Solution; It’s Not Even a Scientific TheoryAt Forbes.com, Sabine Hossenfelder, a theoretical physicist specializing in quantum gravity, takes “inflation” theory apart. This theory has been extremely popular among cosmologists, to the point of becoming an integral part of the fabric of modern big bang cosmology. Ever since Alan Guth concocted inflation in 1980 (see 7/01/14), cosmologists liked it because it supposedly solved the horizon problem, the flatness problem and the monopole problem. Hossenfelder argues that inflation can’t solve these problems, because they never were problems to begin with. She agrees with Paul Steinhardt that inflation is a mess, but goes even further: it’s not even a scientific theory. It works well for cranking out papers in journals, but they accomplish nothing.It is this abundance of useless models that gives rise to the criticism that inflation is not a scientific theory. And on that account, the criticism is justified. It’s not good scientific practice. It is a practice that, to say it bluntly, has become commonplace because it results in papers, not because it advances science.Her analysis, though, appears to rely on the Stuff Happens Law. For instance, she claims the flatness problem is not a problem because a universe with a curvature near 1 (omega=1) is no less probable than any other. Cosmologists prefer flatness for aesthetic reasons, she says, not scientific reasons. And yet we know that without this admittedly “fine tuning” condition, life would be impossible. Consider the Rubik’s Cube. There are only a couple of arrangements that stand out as special among the billions of random combinations. Saying that the one-color-per-side arrangement is just as probable as all the others may be true in one sense but ignores its uniqueness. A life-permitting universe surely must strike cosmologists as very, very special, considering the multiple levels of fine tuning required for that to be even possible. If it were not special, we would not be arguing about it, would we?White Supremacists Are WrongThose who have envisioned Scandinavian or ‘Viking’ races as the most evolved, pure blooded humans have some explaining to do. “Vikings were never the pure-bred master race white supremacists like to portray,” says Clare Downham at The Conversation. Tiptoeing around Darwin’s guilt for fomenting racist ideas [see commentary], she says,During the 19th century, Vikings were praised as prototypes and ancestor figures for European colonists. The idea took root of a Germanic master race, fed by crude scientific theories [Darwinism?] and nurtured by Nazi ideology in the 1930s. These theories have long been debunked, although the notion of the ethnic purity of the Vikings still seems to have popular appeal – and it is embraced by white supremacists.Archaeological and genetic evidence suggests otherwise. The Vikings partook in far-flung trading voyages that involved significant interactions with “Scandinavians, Frisians, Slavs and Arabic merchants” who were in frequent contact with them. “The mobility of Vikings led to a fusion of cultures within their ranks and their trade routes would extend from Canada to Afghanistan,” she says. “…An analysis of skeletons at sites linked to Vikings using the latest scientific techniques points to a mix of Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian peoples without clear ethnic distinctions in rank or gender.”Was Hitler’s maniacal passion for racial purity thus based on a myth? We tend to think people have always divided on ‘racial’ lines,* but we know the Romans and Greeks were far less sensitive to issues of skin color and so-called ‘racial’ traits than they were to culture and social status. In the Viking era, Downham claims, “modern notions of nationalism and ethnicity would have been unrecognisable.” The Vikings’ long associations with their trading partners would have included intermarriage and racial mixing. As a result, “Vikings in the 9th and 10th centuries may be better defined more by what they did than by their place of origin or DNA.”*Dr Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, stresses that “there is only one human race.” Hear her on FRC’s Washington Watch, Sept 28, 2017. Creationists have taken the lead on this important point, using Genesis 1-2, Acts 17:26 and other Scriptures to show that God “made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” Being descended from one created pair, all humans are obviously members of the same family. Racism is foreign to the Bible.Read Dr Jerry Bergman’s book The Darwin Effect (2014) for an eye-opening account of the roots of biological racism. In ch. 2, he cites numerous sources that show that, first of all, racism based on skin color was rare before the 19th century. “Biological racism” came into prominence in the 19th century, particularly after Darwin’s writings. Why Darwinism? His mechanism requires variation, which implies inferiority and superiority that will lead to survival of the fittest in the struggle for existence. Darwin himself, in The Descent of Man, envisioned warfare between the races and the triumph of the Europeans (whom he considered more fit) as a consequence of natural selection. Bergman quotes prominent scientists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who were strongly motivated by Darwin’s ideas to rank humans by their evolutionary status, usually considering Negroes as at the bottom and themselves (the Europeans) at the top. Those rankings have no scientific merit at all, Bergman shows. He also quotes biological racists disdaining Christianity as the enemy to their “scientific” racist ideas. 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Soweto vendors are hard at work, making craft to send overseas to tourists who came for the World Cup and loved their work. (Image: Makoena Pabale) It’s been six months since the final game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was played in South Africa and the last of the foreign tourists returned home, but small vendors in this country say they are still reaping the benefits. South African street traders say that brushing up on different languages ahead of the tournament was really worth it – and they’re still getting craft orders from overseas fans.Thulani Mabhena is a vendor outside the Hector Peterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto – South Africa’s biggest township. He picked up some French so that he’d be able to converse with World Cup tourists who visited the museum and expressed interest in buying some of his handmade crafts.A hot spot for tourists in general, the museum on Khumalo Street commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising and is named after the first pupil who was killed in the protest.“My business did really well during the World Cup,” said Mabhena, who sells handmade beaded leather shoes, shirts, hats, wooden bangles, wooden wine glasses, handmade painted tablecloths, calabashes, small sculptures of elephants and rhinos, key holders and other ornaments painted in the colours of the South African flag.Mabhena said it was a happy time for both the tourists and for his business. “We got to exchange cultures. With my conversational French I was able to sit with some of the tourists and chat about life and the amazing experience of the World Cup. We talked about our favourite teams and players, and I taught them how to play the legendary vuvuzela.”He said tourists felt safe in the township and spent time before and after games enjoying the culture, food and drinks at local spots close to where he worked. “It was amazing how free everyone was. I taught some of the visitors how to sing and dance South African style, it was a lot of fun. The best part was making sales … many of the tourists thought my stuff was magnifique (magnificent, in French) and bon marché (cheap, in French).”Mabhena said he is still hard at work keeping up with a number of orders for “local treasures” – such as calabashes and animal sculptures – which foreigners want packaged and sent back to them as a reminder of their time in Africa.“The crafts painted with South African flags were also quite popular with many tourists – they also asked me to tailor-make some crafts painted with their countries’ flags too.”A recipe for successDuring the 2010 tournament Ntabiseng Molefe and Lufuno Mgomane were based a few kilometres from Soccer City, which hosted the opening and closing matches. They learned Portuguese so they could chat to fans supporting their food business. “We sold plates and plates of pap and tripe, a local delicacy,” said Molefe.“Business is a bit slow now because there isn’t the same flow of people coming to the stadium, however, we have used the money we made during that time to pay for baking and cooking classes so we can open a small shop and sell food,” said Mgomane.She said many World Cup tourists asked them to write out the recipes and ingredients of the food they sold, so the fans could make the dishes back home. “Many were willing to pay for the recipes, but we were happy to give it to them for free. A lot of them insisted so, well, we were not going to refuse money.”Breaking into new markets“I made a killing on vuvuzelas,” said Siphamandla Njilo. “ I was just travelling around fan parks and along stadium routes all over Gauteng with vuvuzelas and flags. Within two hours I would be rushing back home to get more vuvuzelas and make more orders because tourists loved them so much and snapped them up within minutes.”Njilo said he couldn’t believe how popular the loud plastic horns were. “It was crazy … everyone wanted to blow one, it was all you could hear from any part of South Africa. It may have irritated some, but it excited me because I made major money from it.”As with the other vendors, Njilo said he is still enjoying the financial benefits of the World Cup. “Ive put my money away and want to go to school to learn how to make crafts that celebrate football and African culture. I could send these overseas to be sold there. I think I’ll do well, I saw how many foreign visitors loved African craft and I want to break into that market.”
The Giant Match was a collaborationbetween The French Institute and theWits School of Fine Art, as part of the2010 Fifa World Cup festivities. (Image: French Institute)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sigrid Hueber Communications: Saisons, French Institute +27 82 332 3398 or +43 676 378 3125 • Guy de la Chevalerie Cultural adviser, French Embassy in SA +27 12 425 1711 RELATED ARTICLES • SA, France toast to wine exchange • Zuma in France to strengthen ties • Festival to showcase Franschhoek • SA-China trade ties to strengthenEmily van RijswijckThe long-standing relationship between France and South Africa will be further strengthened over the next two years when the Saisons croisées France-Afrique du Sud 2012/2013 formally kicks off in June this year.The exchange programme was set up at the instigation of presidents Jacob Zuma and Nicolas Sarkozy, who met in France in March 2011.It follows from successful Saisons croisées which have already taken place between France and India, Russia and Brazil.Engagements between South Africa and France will be reciprocal in nature and involve a range of cultural and artistic activities, and also touching on commerce, investment, science and technology, tourism, sport and education.Alain Juppé, the French foreign affairs minister, shared details of the programme with South Africans during his visit to the country in November 2011, when he attended the inauguration of the new premises of the French Institute of South Africa in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.After many years of renting facilities, the French Institute finally decided to acquire permanent premises, a testimony to France’s “desire to make cultural and scientific cooperation part of a long term vision”, said Juppé.Programme so farThe French Saisons croisées will run from June to November 2012 throughout South Africa, particularly in the bigger cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.Popular cultural events such as the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Johannesburg’s Art Fair and Food Wine Design Fair, and the Durban International Film Festival will benefit from the collaboration.Galleries and theatres, among them the South African National Gallery in Cape Town, the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg, the State Theatre in Pretoria, and the Soweto Theatre will work with French delegations during this time.“For France, it will be an opportunity to show the South African public the modernity, creativity and diversity of the French language and culture,” said Juppé, “and will show decision-makers and students that our country is an attractive, reliable and committed partner.”Private and public projects by institutions or individuals wishing to participate in the Saisons can contact the French Institute for more information.In turn South Africa will be given the chance to show off its cultural diversity and advancement in many different fields at the Saisons croisées Afrique du Sud from June to November 2013 in France.Major French cities like Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux and Toulouse will benefit from the exchange.Clegg and MakebaSouth African artists are no strangers to French audiences. The ever-popular Johnny Clegg and the late Miriam Makeba successfully conquered the hearts of the French with their African musical styles.Known as Le Zoulou Blanc (the White Zulu), Clegg is a regular visitor to the country – he last toured France in 2011 – while Makeba was an honorary French citizen.The late Gerard Sekoto, an artist who was much revered by French art lovers and who spent 40 years in exile in that country, was honoured by the French government on several occasions.More recently, in June 2011, South African artist Nicolaas Maritz was one of five winners chosen by French NGO Dessine l’espoir for his HIV awareness poster Love the one you’re with. The NGO’s poster competition sought artwork to use in an Aids awareness campaign.Juppé said the exchange will let South Africa prove to the French that the traditional image they have of this country is a thing of the past, and show off the new South Africa, a modern and dynamic democratic state, which plays a role in world stability.France in South AfricaIn 2012 the International Federation of Teachers of French (FIPF) meets for the first time on South African soil, and for that matter in the southern hemisphere.More than 2 000 delegates are expected to attend the 13th FIPF Congress, taking place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from 23 to 27 July.FIPF president Jean-Pierre Cuq said on the IntoFrench website that the decision to hold the congress in Durban was unanimous. The city’s enthusiastic and professional presentation showed that “they were the best candidate”.France made its first formal institutional commitment to South Africa with the opening of the French Institute a year after the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. Its mandate to promote cultural and intellectual links with South Africa remains firm, said Juppé.It’s easy to learn French in South Africa, with 14 Alliances Françaises and three French schools – the Lycée Jules Verne in Johannesburg and its Miriam Makeba satellite in Pretoria, and Ecole François le Vaillant in Cape Town.Alliance Française also operates in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, while the Campus France South Africa helps students of the French language to continue their studies in France.“French culture wants to be present wherever the vibrant South Africa is transforming and modernising,” said Juppé.
12 February 2013It came down to the wire, but Australia held their nerve and withstood a spirited challenge from New Zealand to win the inaugural Ten Nations Cup at Kingswood Golf Estate in George, South Africa on the weekend.Brady Watt, Lucas Herbert, Ryan Ruffles and Geoff Drakeford combined to win the international team’s competition with a 38-under-par total of 826, finishing just a single shot clear of the Kiwis.England took third on 31-under, Argentina finished six shots back in fourth on 839 and Scotland took fifth on 22-under-par 842. Colombia posted a 213 to take sixth on 847, while South Africa, who launched a third round comeback with a 10-under 206 on Friday, made up another 11 shots in the final round to take seventh on 13-under-par 851.Ireland finished in eighth place on 861 and France brought up the rear with a total of 877.Australia’s final round of 205 was a combination of a 70 from Watt, a 69 from Drakeford and a superb six-under-par 66 from 16-year-old Herbert.‘It’s incredible’Team captain David Nable said the side was absolutely thrilled with the victory. “It’s incredible to have won the Ten Nations Cup and to have Australia’s name on the trophy,” he said. “We came over here with the hope of winning it. To have done it, is really incredible.”Victory didn’t come easily and the final round was a tightly-fought contest, with New Zealand giving the Aussies a run for their money.Starting three shots off the pace, Tyler Hodge holed a hallelujah putt at the 18th for a 68, Vaughan McCall carded a 69 and Blair Riordan knocked in seven straight birdies between the third and ninth holes on his way to a six-under 66.However, their final round 203 left the Kiwis an agonising shot short of Australia’s winning total.“Credit to New Zealand, because they really brought it home strong and were able to make it a very close match in the end,” Nable said.“It’s a very proud moment for the team. Brady shot that course record 62 on Thursday, our young 14-year-old Ryan Ruffles shot a seven-under-par on Friday and Lucas brought it home with his 66.Individual scoringWatt, who was selected to the side only last week, won the Individual Competition. The world number five finished with a 72-hole total of 18-under-par 198, three shots clear of New Zealand’s Hodge and four ahead of Colombia’s Carlos Ernesto Rodriguez.South African new cap Louis Taylor also celebrated a great debut for South Africa with a tie for sixth in the individual standings.He fired earlier rounds of 72-71-68 and closed with a 67 that included four birdies and an eagle. Haydn Porteous (68) and Zander Lombard (70) produced South Africa’s other counting scores for a final round of 205.Taylor, from Harrismith, was thrilled with the team’s turnaround. “We got off to a rough start, but I think we redeemed ourselves over the last two rounds,” he said.TEAM LEADERBOARD826 Australia 216-202-203-205827 New Zealand 209-215-200-203833 England 212-208-207-206839 Argentina 212-212-202-213842 Scotland 211-207-218-206847 Colombia 214-217-203-213851 South Africa 217-223-206-205861 Ireland 214-222-211-214877 France 215-221-217-224TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL270 Brady Watt (Aus) 69-62-69-70273 Tyler Hodge (NZ) 70-68-67-68274 Carlos Ernesto Rodriguez (Col) 70-68-67-69275 Vaughan McCall (NZ) 69-72-65-69275 Toby Tree (Eng) 69-71-67-68278 Louis Taylor (RSA) 72-71-68-67278 Max Orrin (Eng) 72-66-71-69278 Graeme Robertson (Sco) 69-69-69-71278 Jamie Lopez Rivarola (Arg) 69-69-66-74279 James White (Sco) 71-67-75-66SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 4th 2017, Nassau: A Tax Free zone, free of business licenses and property tax will be implemented in the inner city if elected. The promise from FNM leader Dr.Hubert Minnis, as he spoke to a packed crowd in Nassau, Wednesday night. He added that any vehicle, once proven as essential to your business, will also benefit from a reduction in custom duties.Minnis sought to respond to claims of being weak by the PLP leader, by turning the tables around on Christie, citing what he describes as his inability to “stop Munroe from cursing, Davis from misleading parliament, Ray from intimidating and Fitzgerald from begging”.Meanwhile, Minnis addressed the chaos witnessed at the Advanced polling stations on Wednesday. He called on Perry Christie and the PLP to ‘stop trying to corrupt our voting process’. Minnis vowed to his team, that the FNM will be vigilant not to allow Christie to steal this election from them. He added that the scene on Wednesday was a “clear demonstration of overt incompetence and mismanagement of which they have demonstrated the last four and half years”.#MagneticMediaNews#HubertMinnisPromisesTaxFreeZone#BahamasGeneralElections2017 Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
December 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 14, 2018 Pacific Beach holds 1st annual Ecodistrict Holiday Lane 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPACIFIC BEACH (KUSI)- Tonight, Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach was turned int an outdoor holiday village. It was the first annual PB Ecodistrict Holiday Lane.Neighbors and local business owners in the community celebrated the holidays with art, music, food and shopping but the theme was all about protecting the environment.KUSI’s Mark Mathis was at this event earlier and has more on the story. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Four injured in suspected gang shootout on Valencia Park Street SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Four people were shot, including a 30-year-old man who suffered life-threatening injuries, during a suspected gang shootout between two groups on a Valencia Park street, police said Monday.It happened around 11:20 p.m. Sunday on Logan Avenue near Euclid Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.“For unknown reasons, the two groups started shooting at each other,” Buttle said. “Over 20 rounds were fired.”A 30-year-old man was shot in the neck and taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, the officer said. An update on his condition was not immediately available.A 57-year-old man suffered several gunshot wounds to his leg, a 30- year-old man was shot in the neck and face and a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest, Buttle said, adding that all three were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Gang detectives were investigating the shooting. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom